Ed Sheeran releases new single “Bad Habits” along with official music video

Ed Sheeran has release his new single “Bad Habits.”   Sheeran hasn’t released new music since December 2019, and posted on Instagram at the time that he needed to “take a breather to travel, write, and read.”

Sheeran said about the new track: “I’ve been working away in the studio over recent months and I can’t wait for you to hear “Bad Habits.”  I always aim to push myself and my music in new directions and hopefully you’ll hear that on the new single. Feels great to be back!”

Watch Sheeran’s music video for “Bad Habits” at the link –here.

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Harrison Ford suffers injury while filming ‘Indiana Jones 5’

Harrison Ford injured himself while filming “Indiana Jones 5”.   According to a Disney spokesperson: “In the course of rehearsing for a fight scene, Harrison Ford sustained an injury involving his shoulder. Production will continue while the appropriate course of treatment is evaluated, and the filming schedule will be reconfigured as needed in the coming weeks.”

Ford had been on set working on the film at Pinewood Studios and other U.K. locations. The actor returns to star as the lead character alongside Mads Mikkelsen, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Boyd Holbrook, Shaunette Renée Wilson, and Thomas Kretschmann.

No plot details have been released for “Indiana Jones 5”, though it is rumored to be set in the early 1970s.  Indiana Jones 5 is tentatively scheduled to be released July 2022.

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‘Transformers 7’ title is announced as ‘Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts’

The next movie in the “Transformers” franchise has its official title.  At a virtual event, director Steven Caple Jr. revealed that the next film in the blockbuster franchise will be called “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts”.  The director revealed that “Rise of the Beast” will centre on Optimus Prime, and will follow up the ’80s-set “Bumblebee” by being set in the year 1994. In the film, audiences will see Optimus Prime forming his lasting bond with the people of Earth. Bumblebee will also be returning for the new film, taking the form of a classic yellow Camaro, but decked out with off-road features.

The film will will be shot around the world, including Montreal, and will be set primarily in Brooklyn, New York, as well as Machu Picchu, Peru. Joining the robot aliens are human characters — Noah, played by Anthony Ramos, and Elina, played by Dominique Fishback.

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts is set to debut in theatres June 24, 2022.

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Willow Smith confirms new album “Lately I Feel Everything” due out July 16th

Willow Smith has confirmed the release date for her forthcoming new album ‘Lately I Feel Everything’ will be July 16th. Lately I Feel Everything is the follow-up to 2020’s ‘The Anxiety’ – which was a collaborative record with Tyler Cole under the moniker The Anxiety.  Willow previously dropped her collaboration with Travis Barker ‘t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l’, which came out back in April.

A press release says that Willow will “channel the alt rock, pop-punk and emo heroes she adored as a teenager, like Avril Lavigne, My Chemical Romance and Paramore,” on her new album. Willow said in a statement: “I thought this was a really dope outlet for a new energy I wanted to bring to my music.” and she revealed in an interview earlier this month that her new album features a collaboration with Avril Lavigne, telling V Magazine: “I’m so excited that I’m going to be having a song on the album with Avril Lavigne. She is so iconic. From [ages] 13 to 16, she was my idol. It’s really nice to be able to have a quintessential pop-punk record with the pop-punk queen.”

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Olivia Rodrigo to air ‘SOUR Prom’ concert film on YouTube

Olivia Rodrigo announced that she will host her own alternative prom — titled the Sour Prom Concert Film – to stream Tuesday, June 29, at 8:30 p.m. PT on her official YouTube channel.   Rodrigo wrote on Twitter: “Since I never got to go to prom, I wanted to throw a little prom party with my fav ppl (you guys obvs).”

During the event, the singer will be performing tunes from her hit debut album as fans enjoy what the press release calls “the ultimate alternative prom experience.” There will also be a pre-prom event hosted by Rodrigo on her YouTube page, which begins 30 minutes before the livestream, at 8 p.m. PT.  Rodrigo will be answering questions from fans and sharing behind the scenes stories about the making of Sour Prom.

The 18-year-old singer surprised some fans with an in-person invitation to the event ahead of the announcement. The ‘promposals’ come just days after Rodrigo graduated from high school herself, which she celebrated on social media.

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Television Academy to allow non-gendered ‘performer’ Emmy category

The Television Academy will recognize nonbinary performers in the Emmy competition.  The organization announced that performer category winners or nominees may now request that their nomination certificate and engraving on an Emmy statue carry the term “performer” in place of “actor” or “actress.”  The Television Academy will still use actor, actress, supporting actor and supporting actress in its categories, but it will now allow each individual to choose how they wish to be identified, including the new non-gendered “performer” label.  The organization’s decision comes after Billions star Asia Kate Dillon publicly questioned the use of gendered acting categories for the Emmy Awards in 2017, which appeared to exclude those who identified as nonbinary like Dillon. In the end, Dillon asked to be entered into the “supporting actor” category that year.

The Television Academy also said that any documentary film that screens on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences website “will be deemed a theatrical motion picture and thus ineligible for the Emmy competition,” which may eliminate the so-called “double dipping” of documentaries for both Oscar and Emmy consideration.

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Michael B. Jordan apologizes after accusations of cultural appropriation over the name of his new rum brand

Michael B. Jordan has apologized for the name of his new rum brand, saying in his Instagram Stories that he will be renaming the brand. The 34-year-old actor said Tuesday that he will change the name of his rum brand J’Ouvert after accusations that the name appropriates Caribbean culture.

Jordan wrote: “I just wanna say on behalf of myself & my partners, our intention was never to offend or hurt a culture (we love & respect) & hoped to celebrate & shine a positive light on. Last few days has been a lot of listening. A lot of learning & engaging in countless community conversations…We hear you. I hear you & want to be clear that we are in the process of renaming. We sincerely apologize & look forward to introducing a brand we can all be proud of.”

J’Ouvert is a festival celebrating Caribbean culture that signals the start of Carnival. The festival is held annually in Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada, and celebrated by many Caribbean people worldwide.

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Britney Spears speaks at hearing asking to end conservatorship

Britney Spears appeared before a judge on Wednesday, asking to end the court conservatorship that has controlled her life and money since 2008.  Spears’ request at a Los Angeles hearing was the first time she spoke in open court under the conservatorship during its 13-year existence.

In the written speech that lasted more than 20 minutes, Spears revealed many details that have been carefully guarded for years by the court.  Spears, speaking by phone, called the conservatorship “abusive” and condemned her father and the others who have controlled it, saying: “I want to end this conservatorship without being evaluated,” Spears said, adding, “This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good. I deserve to have a life.”  Spears said she wants to marry her boyfriend Sam Asghari and have a baby, but the conservatorship won’t allow her to, telling the court she’s being forced to take birth control against her will. When an attorney representing her co-conservator said the hearing and transcript should be kept sealed, Spears objected, saying “They’ve done a good job at exploiting my life, so I feel like it should be an open court hearing and they should listen and hear what I have to say.”

James Spears serves as co-conservator of his daughter’s finances, and also had control of her life decisions for most of the conservatorship. The conservatorship was put in place as she underwent a mental health crisis in 2008.  Vivian Thoreen, attorney for James Spears, gave a brief statement on his behalf: “He is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain. Mr. Spears loves his daughter, and misses her very much.”

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Elton John announces North American and European dates on 2022 ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour

Elton John announced on social media his final concert dates for North America and Europe as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. John said in a video addressed to fans“Shows that I announce today will be my final tour dates ever in North America and Europe. I’m going to go out in the biggest possible way, performing at my very best, with the most spectacular production I’ve ever had, playing in places that have meant so much to me throughout my career.”

The new dates will kick-off May 27, 2022 at Deutsche Bank Park in Frankfurt, Germany and end on Nov. 22, 2022 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. John will also be touring in Australia and New Zealand in 2023.

John  first announced the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour back in 2018, but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tickets go on sale for the general public in Europe next Tuesday, June 29th and on Wed, June 30 for North America. For pre-sale tickets, join the Rocket Club at eltonjohn.com/rocket-club

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